The Silky Terrier was developed in Australia but its ancestry is from Great Britain. They have close relations to the Yorkshire and Australian Terrier. In America the breed goes by Silky Terrier but in Australia it is known as the Australian Silky Terrier.

Australian Silky Terrier Dog BreedTheir size ranges from 9 to 10 inches. Their coat is long and smooth, with either gray and white or blue and tan coats. The length of their body should be slightly longer than their height.

Today they are companion dogs, but they once were known for hunting rodents and snakes in Australia. Over time, differences between the Yorkie and Silky Terrier became more distinct, and in 1955 the dog was known as the Silky Terrier. In 1958 the Australian National Kennel Council recognized the breed. After World War II, many soldiers brought back Silky Terriers, causing an increasing interest in the breed. By 1959 the American Kennel Club recognized the breed as Silky Terrier. The United Kennel Club followed with recognition of the breed in 1965.

Silky Terriers are prone to many health issues, such as luxating patella, tracheal collapse, and epilepsy. They are sensitive to noise as well. Loud deep voices scare them, while high pitched noises will make them freeze.

The best way to describe their temperament is softly alert. They have a love for running and playing and enjoy brisk walks. Even though they are an indoor dog, they are active indoor dogs, and will become bored if not kept active. Their lifespan is 16 to 20 years.


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